Morrell named as new AD at Montana Tech

Montana Tech announced today the appointment of Chuck Morrell as Athletic Director for the campus. Morrell will continue as the head football coach and will add the duties of AD.

Morrell replaces Dave Lau who resigned from the position due to family reasons after serving for approximately three months.

Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter selected Morrell after careful consideration of a number of candidates and vetting him Charlie Orediggerthrough the Montana Tech Athletic Committee, which is composed of faculty, staff and student representation. “I am pleased to have Chuck assume the duties of Athletic Director for Montana Tech,” said Blackketter. “His experience in collegiate athletics and dedication to Montana Tech and our student-athletes, as well as his commitment to the Butte community, make him the perfect choice.”

Morrell was hired at Montana Tech in December 2010 as the head football coach. Since holding the reins at Montana Tech, Morrell has produced eight first team All-Conference selections and 11 second team nods. In 2012, the Oredigger football team won the Frontier Conference Championship and Coach Morrell was selected as Frontier Conference and AFCA Regional Coach of the Year. During that season, Morrell led the Orediggers on an eight-game win streak and berth in the NAIA FCS for the first time since 2005. Initially unranked, the team reached No. 7 in the polls that year.

Prior to coming to Montana Tech, Morrell was the defensive coordinator for the University of South Dakota (USD). Prior to going to USD, Chuck was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Sioux Falls (USF) from 1998 through 2009. During his time at USF, the team won national championships in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2007, the team was national runners-up. From 2005-2009, Sioux Falls’ overall record was 67-3 with Chuck as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

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AHS, KANA 580 CORE student hard at work at UM


Jackson Wagner, the Class A boys’ golf state champ in 2013, is following his love of sports to University of Montana where he is studying print journalism and working in the Grizzlies Sports Information Department. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO


A year of radio voice overs, Web site maintenance and typical media busywork is paying dividends for one former Copperhead.

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Orediggers volleyball receive votes in NAIA Coaches Poll

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BUTTE – After starting off conference play with a perfect 2-0 record, the Montana Tech volleyball team continues to earn votes in the Tachikara-NAIA Coaches Poll.

The Orediggers started off the week at Great Falls where they defeated the Argos in straight sets, 3-0. Tech returned home and made quick work of the defending Frontier Conference regular season champs, Montana State Northern 3-0.

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Kyle Moore returning to the griddiron after three-year sabbatical

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Kyle Moore evades a Butte Central defender in 2010 as a senior quarterback for the Copperheads. He returns to the gridiron starting Sunday. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO, LLC


One of the most electrifying athletes in recent memory at Anaconda High will be giving it the ole’ college try one last time.

Kyle Moore, a three-sport standout athlete at AHS (2007-11), will be on the field for North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Saturday after signing a letter of intent to join the 2014 football team earlier this spring.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound slot receiver is in the mix for the one of the starting jobs at receiver in first-year head coach Merle Johnson’s pass-happy offense, but even if his name doesn’t get called during game introductions it won’t mean his playing time will suffer.

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Carroll voted first, Tech fifth for Frontier preseason football poll

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The Frontier Conference announced the Coaches’ Preseason Poll today. Carroll College is the preseason favorite to win the Frontier Conference with Montana Tech voted fifth.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. First place was worth seven points, second place worth six points, third place worth five points, fourth place worth four points, fifth place worth three points, sixth place worth two points and seventh place worth one point.

Carroll received seven first place votes and Rocky Mountain received one vote. The Saints won the Frontier Conference last season and Rocky came in second.

Montana Tech went 3-7 last season after winning the conference title the previous season. The Orediggers return 14 starters this season. The season gets underway on August 23rd in Dillon against Montana Western. The home opener is August 30th when Tech host Montana State Northern at 6 PM.

Carroll College (7)                            49 points

Rocky Mountain (1)                        41 points

Southern Oregon                             37 points

Eastern Oregon                                29 points

Montana Tech                                   24 points

MSU-Northern                                 18 points

Montana Western                           18 points

College of Idaho                               8 points

Tech volleyball voted fourth in Frontier preseason outlook

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The Frontier Conference announced the Volleyball Preseason Poll today. Last seasons’ Frontier Tournament Champion Rocky Mountain College was selected first and Montana Tech tied for fourth with Montana State Northern.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. First place was worth seven points, second place worth six points, third place worth five points, fourth place worth four points, fifth place worth three points, sixth place worth two points and seventh place worth one point.

Rocky received six first place votes with Montana Tech and Montana State Northern each receiving one first place vote.

The Orediggers finished sixth in the conference last season finishing with a 17-13 overall record. All-Conference selections Korey Krumm and

Kim Kavran return to the court this season again. The Diggers open their home season with the inaugural Big Sky Volleyball Challenge on September 5th and 6th. Tech hosts last years’ national champion University of Texas at Brownsville and national champion runner up Biola each day of the tournament.


Rocky Mountain (6)                        48 pts

Lewis-Clark State                             40 pts

Carroll College                                   34 pts

Montana Tech (1)                            27 pts

MSU-Northern (1)                           27 pts

Westminster College                      22 pts

University of Great Falls                17 pts

Montana Western                           9 pts

Hill hired as assistant AD, women’s basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College


Torry Hill with her brother, Braxton, mother Traci and father Bill during her following her senior night at Dahlberg Arena. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO


Fresh from graduation as one of the top point guard, statistically, in University of Montana history, Torry Hill is returning to the court.

Announced Monday, Hill has been hired as an assistant AD and women’s assistant basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College in Billings under first year head coach Wes Keller. She will be the assistant AD to new Athletic Director Bruce Parker, who was hired away from Carroll College in June.

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Former Copperhead great Mia Estes caps freshman season at Div. I national prelims

Mia Estes

Mia Estes

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mia Estes may have fallen short of her personal best or expectations, but she capped a whirlwind season Thursday at the NCAA Division I National Track and Field Western Preliminaries.

Estes, a freshman at Utah State, finished 10th in her flight and 36th overall out of 48 competitors in the women’s javelin, throwing 42.81 meters (140-5). Although disappointed with her final standings, Estes seemed upbeat about her journey through the season. (Click here for complete standings)

Estes qualified for the meet after throwing a personal best 150-9 on Saturday, April 12  Wildcat Outdoor Open hosted by Weber State University.

Estes won the Southwestern A divisional and Class A state championship in the javelin last year as a senior for the Copperheads.

She is the daughter of Ron Estes.